U.S. flags on Old Betsy Road in Keene
U.S. flags line Old Besty Road in Keene.

Members of Cleburne’s American Legion Post 50 will honor veterans of all eras on Wednesday in honor of Veterans Day. 

The post’s usual celebrations have been altered this year in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Members instead will conduct a drive by parade visiting six Cleburne nursing homes including: 

•Colonial Nursing Home, 2035 Granbury St.

• The Wren Place, 814 Woodard Ave.

• Heritage Trails, 301 Lincoln Park.

• Ridgeview Nursing Home, 206 Walls Drive.

• Santa Fe Trails, 402 Colonial Drive.

• Bristol Park (formerly Heartis), 902 Walter P. Holliday Drive.

Residents are encouraged to meet and line up to participate in the parade at 9:30 a.m. at Yellow Jacket Stadium, 1201 W. Henderson St.

The parade concludes at American Legion Post 50, 313 W. Chambers St. with soup and sandwiches and a small reception for any veterans able to attend.

“Our veterans deserve recognition for their sacrifices and their service to our country,” said Marty Peters, American Legion Auxiliary member and past Texas state president. “Those confined to facilities have been lonely during this COVID-19 pandemic and need to know how important they are to all of us.”

Members of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the Cleburne Police Department and Cleburne Fire Department will be joining with members of American Legion Post 50, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 50, Sons of the American Legion Squadron 50 and Chapter 50 of the American Legion Riders in the parade with other patriotic individuals and organizations likely to be added.

“Our organization has existed for 100 years to assist, honor and recognize our veterans from all wars,” American Legion Auxiliary Unit 50 President Nelda Grande said. “Veterans Day is the most important day of the year for the American Legion Auxiliary. It’s why we exist!”

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